A Conversation with Mr. Kissinger during a World War II: The Effects of Beijing on the International Relations Relations between China and the United States
Is it worth it? Mr. Kissinger was fixated on credibility, the idea that America must impose a price on those who ignore our demands to shape the decisions of others in the future. It’s hard to see how the bombing of Laos, the coup in Chile or the killings in East Pakistan (now Bangladesh) contributed to the outcome of the Cold War. But Mr. Kissinger’s unsentimental view of global affairs allowed him to achieve consequential breakthroughs with autocratic countries closer to America’s weight class — a détente with the Soviet Union that reduced the escalatory momentum of the arms race and an opening to China that deepened the Sino-Soviet split, integrated the People’s Republic of China into the global order and prefaced Chinese reforms that lifted hundreds of millions of people out of poverty.
When Mr. Kissinger was in Beijing, he met Mr. Xi twice. Mr. XI cited Mr. Kissinger’s views in speeches when he was held in high regard. Mr. Kissinger was told by Mr. Xi that his major contributions will go down in the history of the world.
More scrutiny of visa applications from China is one of the items President Trump imposed on Chinese goods. Mr. Biden has kept tariffs and tighter export controls. He has also bolstered military agreements with the Philippines and Australia as a way of countering China.
Mr. Kissinger had a lot of search topics on Chinese social media. People shared comments on Weibo, a Twitter-like platform, mourning the death of Mr. Kissinger and that on Tuesday of Charles T. Munger, a prominent American investor who was also well known in China.
Lu Yeh-Chung, a professor in the department of diplomacy of National Chengchi University in Taiwan, believes that there is some truth to the idea that he was not a good friend of Taiwan.
Mr. Kissinger “was viewed as a living legacy of the good old days,” said Wu Xinbo, the dean of the Institute of International Studies at Fudan University in Shanghai.
Mr. Kissinger met with the Chinese defense minister, Li Shangfu, who had denied multiple requests for meetings with his American counterpart. John F. Kirby, who is a spokesman for the U.S. National Security Council, expressed his frustration that a private citizen had access to the Chinese leadership.
The Global Times said that the Chinese people will never forget his historic contributions to promoting China-U.S. ties. Xie Feng, China’s ambassador to the United States, wrote on X: “He will always remain alive in the hearts of the Chinese people as a most valued old friend.”